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Peru – Cusco


December 26, 2021 — January 2, 2022

Starting at: $2,700

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Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.

A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Overview


The Need

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

Peru is located in a highly seismically active area and major earthquakes occur frequently. In addition the country experiences heavy rainfall, flooding, droughts, forest fires, frosts and snowfalls, and the periodic occurrence of the El Niño climatic phenomenon. This makes the community vulnerable and more susceptible to diseases. The total fertility rate in 2011 was 7.7 children per woman, and the mortality rate was 10.6 per 1,000, double the national rate. The main causes of death include several preventable and infectious diseases such as, tuberculosis, pneumonia, malaria, and yellow fever. 

The Peruvian healthcare system is similar to those in other Latin American countries, so remote areas are not serviced by medical facilities. In fact, in 2009, the World Health Organization reported that the indigenous people of Peru are in dire need of outside medical assistance to help improve the quality of their lives. To make the situation more serious, communicable diseases are the leading cause of death throughout the nation. To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, IMR will send volunteers to the Andes high country to provide quality health care and medical services. Our mobile clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations.

You and the rest of the team will educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses including dengue fever, yellow fever, zika, malaria, and illness related to poor drinking water quality. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another main focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Our Work

International Medical Relief started relief efforts in 2012. Since 2020, 328 volunteers and staff have served over 9,000 patients. IMR continues to strengthen their relationship with the community and provide community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations.  

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing. 

Our medical mission teams also work toward UNSDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation by supporting and strengthening the participation of local communities in improving their water quality, and installing water filtration systems that supply communities with clean drinking water and providing education on hydration and hygiene.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

This Mission

Situated at 3,400 m (11,150 ft), Cusco is a beautiful city of whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, and soaring churches nestled in a fertile mountain basin. If you’d like to explore a bit, you can head to the Plaza de Armas to experience the social heart of this bustling city. As you walk through town, stop in for a visit to Koricancha Temple, the Main Square, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Puca-Pucara and finally, a visit to the Inka’s Expression Art Workshop where you will see local Andean Artists at work.

Your IMR team will provide medical care to various communities surrounding the city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley. This is an area where traditional medicine dominates and we will have an opportunity to learn about the botanicals used by local healers. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the rich culture of this beautiful and unique area, where the people are passionate about their religion, crafts, and corn!

Lodging/Transportation

You will be working in the area around Cusco on this trip and will stay in modest accommodations close to the center of Cusco.  Transportation to clinic will be by bus and the rides will be beautiful!

You will love the regional food! If you are adventuresome, you might want to try cuy (guinea pig) but lamb, chicken, pork, sausages, and chalona (a dried meat) are easily found if you are not in the mood for cuy. Sweet potatoes, scrumptious stews of assorted vegetables with or without meat are amazing, Corn and cheeses in many varieties will be on all the menus – try the corn fritters! If you are a soup lover, Cusco is famous for Chiaro, a soup made with beef or lamb and vegetables. and for Lawa Soup, a cream soup made with ground corn, cheese, eggs, and potatoes. Did we mention the ice cream? Save room for the regional desserts!

Highlights

A true highlight of this trip is working with the Quechua people. The Quechua work the land, and will come to clinic with a variety of complaints, including back pain, dry eyes, and infections. Nutrition is an issue, with potatoes and fats as the staple ingredient in their diet. In their traditional dress, you will find the Quechua to be warmhearted and grateful for your care.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Have some time before your flight home?  Take a taxi to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just a short 12 mile ride away.  Visit the Pisac Market, Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo ruins and town, the Maras and Morey salt pans, and get some Inca Cola – you are just a sip away from gastronomical soda delight!

Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, consider extending your stay to visit some of Peru’s top spots! Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner Worldwide Navigators!

  • Experience the wonder of a sunrise on Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a train ride through the Peruvian jungle
  • Journey to the vibrant & colorful Rainbow Mountain

Click here to view the extension opportunities available to you!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Itinerary at a Glance


December 26, 2021

Arrivals

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December 27, 2021

Training Day

2
December 28, 2021

Clinic

3
December 29, 2021

Clinic

4
December 30, 2021

Clinic

5
December 31, 2021

Clinic

6
January 1, 2022

Culture and Free Day - Depart for Home in the Evening

7
January 2, 2022

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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com. Thank you. 

26 December 2021

Arrivals

Day 1

You and the team will fly into Cusco, Peru (CUZ). If you are flying independently, please arrive in Cusco no later than 3:00pm. Upon arrival, your team will transport to your hotel where you can check in & freshen up. You will enjoy a hearty dinner and attend the team orientation to prepare you for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in the surrounding areas.

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27 December 2021

Training Day

Day 2

You and your team will provide training for local healthcare providers to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
28 December 2021

Clinic

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and then depart for clinic! The team will provide medical and dental care and health education to these otherwise untouched people. They suffer greatly from a lack of knowledge about how to manage their healthcare, resulting in needless deaths among this already diminishing population. In addition to mosquito-borne illness, you will see many patients with infections, wounds, and common health problems, all of whom frequently go without any care.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
29 December 2021

Clinic

Day 4

Clinics will be held in the Cusco area.  You will see some of the mountain villages within a few hours of Cusco, including villages where the Quechua people live and work. There will be a little time for sightseeing around beautiful Cusco a few evenings during the week.  Walk through town to find some of the best cuisine Peru has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
30 December 2021

Clinic

Day 5

Another day of clinic! Keep taking in the beautiful sites the area of Cusco has to offer and serving the community.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
31 December 2021

Clinic

Day 6

On your final day of clinic you’ll likely reflect back on all those whose lives you touched during the week – and the lives that touched yours. You’ll enjoy a free evening for some final explorations of Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

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1 January 2022

Cultural & Free Day

Day 7

After four full days of working in clinic, today will be your chance to go and explore the historical city of Cusco! There are many things that make this city unique, from its ancient Incan architectural ruins to its lively people and colorful artisans. You are invited to venture to the famous San Pedro Market, ChocoMuseo, Cristo Blanco, or make your way all the way to the beautiful archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman.

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2 January 2022

Departures

On your last day in Cusco, enjoy one final breakfast with your team before beginning your departure home.

Interested in extending your stay to explore the area around Cusco, including Machu Picchu? Our partner, Worldwide Navigators, offers exclusive trip extensions just for IMR volunteers! See the Worldwide Navigators website for extensions they have available for this mission.

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Have some time before your flight home?  Take a taxi to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just a short 12 mile ride away.  Visit the Pisac Market, Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo ruins and town, the Maras and Morey salt pans, and get some Inca Cola – you are just a sip away from gastronomical soda delight!

Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, consider extending your stay to visit some of Peru’s top spots! Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

  • Experience the wonder of a sunrise on Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a train ride through the Peruvian jungle
  • Journey to the vibrant & colorful Rainbow Mountain

Click here to view the extension opportunities available to you!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2700 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$2500 due by September 27, 2021

$2700 due by November 28, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by September 27, 2021

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for an additional fee. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on September 27, 2021. Airport transportation to and from the team’s accommodations are also included with this option. Depending on your departure city, you may still need to purchase another flight in addition to this one. After this flight has been booked, you may contact our travel agent, Worldwide Navigators, for assistance booking any necessary additional flights.

Benefits of Flying at a Group Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a group ticket at a guaranteed rate
  • Transport to and from the airport included

Volunteer without Airfare

Many team members choose to book their flight(s) to and from the mission location independent of IMR. This is a great option if would like to extend your stay in the area to tour and explore, or if the routing from you home airport is more feasible for you. If you choose to fly independently, please note that your transportation in between the airport and the team’s accommodations will not be provided. This will need to be arranged separately. Our partner for travel, Worldwide Navigators, would be happy to assist you in coordinating flights and/or transportation. You can contact them at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Benefits of Flying Independently

  • Extend your stay and customize your dates of travel
  • Choose your departure location
  • Customize your class of service

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
$600
Single Supplement
$50 per night
Airport Transfers (for independent flyers)
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
$350
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
$50
IMR T-Shirt
$15
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country. You have the option to fly independently, or on a group flight with IMR.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
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